William Joe Barron


Object Number - UPL 34478 - SGT William Joe Barron Gunner Crew #787/495 - Irving Waterbury Crew 466th BG - 787th & 784th BS

13 missions over Germany

Air Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster


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Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-2058313
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Delores Jean
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Peggy Ann
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: White Elephant
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron


Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120


Event Location Date Description


Paragould, Arkansas 24 July 1920


Lemay, MO 63125, USA 29 June 1943 Jefferson Barracks


466th BG Combat Tour

Attlebridge, Norwich, UK 2 March 1945 - 25 April 1945 13 combat missions


Lakeview, AR 72642, USA 18 December 1998


Date23 Jul 2018 22:31:51
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Date23 Jul 2018 22:26:39
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Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:29
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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